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Embracing complexity

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Prof. Benjamin Lev

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Stanford University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • JILA Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

It is often remarked that the phase diagrams of strongly correlated electronic materials are complex. But in what sense are these materials—e.g., manganites and the cuprate, pnictide, heavy fermion and ruthenate unconventional superconductors—complex systems, rather than merely very complicated? I will discuss two of three ongoing experiments in my lab that attempt to use the tools of ultracold atomic physics and quantum optics to investigate aspects of these phase diagrams typically regarded as complex, addressing what we may learn by doing so.